Addictomatic is intended to assist users in locating content on the web based on any topic, event or subject. The application gives the user the most recent content posted so they stay on top of updates and developments. The application is intended to provide its users with a place to build a customized web page on any topic they like. Addictomatic can also be used to monitor the user’s internet reputation or the reputation of a company or brand. The user can see recent blog posts, article and more based on their target keywords. The Addictomatic homepage helps casual users get started by providing a list of categories, ranging from popular topics to television, sports, parenting, entertainment, shopping and gadgets. The user enters their desired topic to the search bar provided on the Addictomatic homepage, generates the results then bookmarks the page to watch for updates and changes.
Addictomatic was founded by Dave Pell in 2008. The application was intended to help users get updates on a specific topic whenever they like. Working much like the standard search engine, Addictomatic would provide a more convenient service by helping the user stay up to date on recent content additions. The current Addictomatic team includes Designer Bryan Bell and Developer Alex King.
Addictomatic works much like a search engine, but with a number of refined extras. The search results page breaks out the results under headers based on source. The user can see Twitter status updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Bing News articles, Google search results, Wikio results, Ask.com News results as well as results from Yahoo, Blinkx, Twingly and Truveo.
Addictomatic transfers standard search results into a visually appealing web page. The application places each result into a white box with rounded corners. The boxes appear in three columns on the page. Each is topped with a light grey header that announces which source the content within came from. Videos and images appear as clickable thumbnails while other content is listed in text format. The logo for each resource is also found in the header, making quick identification even easier.
Visitors to the Addictomatic website are not required to create an account to begin using the application. The application does not offer a registration option at this time. In reality there really is no need for a log in. Although it might be easier for some users to log in to access all of their topics, the bookmark function works just as effectively. The user only has to supply a topic and Addictomatic provides them with a page to bookmark.
Charging a fee for a service like Addictomatic would be a bit much. Although the application offers many conveniences to internet users, it does not do anything that the standard free search engine does. Any user can visit the Addictomatic website and enter a topic for free. The site does not charge for any of its services and the user can bookmark and return to their topic page as frequently as they like.
Addictomatic is aimed at anyone following a topic on the web. The application sorts out all the results and gives the user an easy to digest look at what is being said about the keyword they enter. Professionals and businesses can also use Addictomatic to stay on top of recent industry developments or brand reputation.